1989 - Day By Day

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

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015th October 198920091005

A look back at the events making the news in 1989.

A chilling warning is delivered to East Germany's opposition groups: 'remember Tiananmen'; thousands of jubilant East Germans arrive in West Germany on the so-called Freedom Trains; the Dalai Lama receives the Nobel Peace Prize.

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A chilling warning is delivered to East Germany's opposition groups: 'remember Tiananmen'.

015th October 198920091024
026th October 198920091006

A look back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Gorbachev begins a historical visit to East Germany to help celebrate the GDR's 40th anniversary; East German leader Eric Honecker continues to take a hard line; acid house parties have been disturbing the peace

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Gorbachev begins a visit to East Germany to help celebrate the GDR's 40th anniversary.

026th October 198920091031
037th October 198920091007

A look back at the events making the news in 1989.

Protestors marching through East Berlin to the Church of the Gethsemane clash with police; Hungarian communists vote to become a democracy but some hardliners don't get it; in the West, the Beastie Boys tell us what's up.

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Protestors marching through East Berlin to the Church of the Gethsemane clash with police.

037th October 198920091107
048th October 198920091008

A look back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Eyewitnesses in East Berlin describe a police crackdown on protestors; one of West Germany's elder statesman sees the beginning of 'the most critical week in the GDR'; the Pope calls for reunification.

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Eyewitnesses in East Berlin describe a police crackdown on protestors.

048th October 198920091114
059th October 198920091009

A look back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

At Leipzig's Monday prayer service for freedom, protests approach a historical and perhaps dangerous moment - the East German people now appear to refuse to be intimidated; Soviet news agency Tass reports that 10-foot-tall aliens have been spotted visiting the industrial city of Voronezh.

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Protests approach a historical and perhaps dangerous moment.

0610th October 198920091010

In East Germany the morning after the demonstrations, the police violence that people had feared had not occurred; political prisoners including Walter Sislulu are to be released in South Africa but Mandela remains in prison; at the Tory conference Kenneth Baker summons the spirit of Henry V at Agincourt.

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In East Germany, the police violence that people had feared had not occurred.

0711th October 198920091011

Jive Bunny gets on the Juke Box Jury's nerves; the Tory party's environment minister get tough on litter louts but Greenpeace are disappointed; calls continue for Nelson Mandela's release.

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Jive Bunny gets on the Juke Box Jury's nerves.

0812th October 198920091012

Chancellor Nigel Lawson speaks at the Conservative Party conference to defend the 15 per cent interest rate; East German minister for ideology calls for reform of the political system; plans for a commercial nuclear bunker near Peterborough are scrapped because the world is 'too peaceful'.

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Nigel Lawson speaks at the Tory Party conference to defend the 15 per cent interest rate.

0913th October 198920091013

Margaret Thatcher address the Tory conference on her 64th birthday to chants of '10 more years', Douglas Hurd declares war on the 'scourge of acid house parties', and shares plunge in the last hour of trading on Wall Street, sparking fears of another Black Monday.

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Douglas Hurd declares war on the 'scourge of acid house parties'.

1014th October 198920091014

Hungarian-born Estee Lauder opens the first cosmetics shop in the new-look socialist Belgrade, Poland faces 1,000 per cent inflation and London Fashion Week anticipates the 90s look.

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Poland faces 1,000 per cent inflation.

1115th October 198920091015

ANC leader Walter Sisulu is released from prison sparking nationwide celebrations, the UN agrees a global ban on the ivory trade, and Jive Bunny, the cartoon rabbit, reaches number one in the charts.

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ANC leader Walter Sisulu is released from prison, sparking nationwide celebrations.

1216th October 198920091016

The financial markets recover after Friday's Wall Street crash, averting another Black Monday; rehearsals begin for the first televised coverage of parliament; 120,000 East Germans gather in Leipzig for the largest anti-government demonstration in the nation's history.

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120,000 East Germans gather in Leipzig for an anti-government demonstration.

1317th October 198920091017

The Guildford Four have their sentence overturned after 14 years in prison, ambulance workers threaten hunger strike to demand higher pay, and an earthquake measuring seven on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco in the evening rush hour, causing a double-decker motorway to collapse.

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The Guildford Four have their sentence overturned after 14 years in prison.

John Tusa continues the daily series in which the events of the corresponding day in 1988 are recalled, using archive material and music of the time.

Producers Robert Abel. Barney Rowntree and Joby Waldman

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1418th October 198920091018

Erich Honecker, the East German leader of 18 years and architect of the Berlin Wall, resigns; all Commonwealth countries agree on sanctions against South Africa - except for the UK; the Atlantis Space Shuttle launches successfully from Cape Canaveral, initiating a six-year research mission to Jupiter.

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Erich Honecker, East German leader and the architect of the Berlin Wall, resigns.

1519th October 198920091019

The Guildford four are released; volunteers help to deal with the effects of the recent San Francisco earthquake; ANC leader Walter Sisulu considers the end of the armed struggle in South Africa.

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The Guildford four are released.

1620th October 198920091020

Nuns lose their fight to save 5,000 chickens, and actors pay a final tribute to Sir Laurence Olivier at Westminster Abbey.

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Actors pay a final tribute to Sir Laurence Olivier at Westminster Abbey.

1721st October 198920091021

Thousands of protestors march through East Germany; a BBC survey suggests one third of British muslims believe Salman Rushdie should be killed because of his book, The Satanic Verses.

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Thousands of protestors march through East Germany.

1822nd October 198920091022

Margaret Thatcher causes consternation at the Commonwealth over sanctions against South Africa, and, following the release of the Guildford Four, the Irish prime minister calls for a review of the Birmingham Six case.

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Margaret Thatcher causes consternation at the Commonwealth.

1923rd October 198920091023

A quarter of a million East Germans march in Leipzig in the country's biggest-ever demonstration; in Hungary, tens of thousands of people remember the victims of their 1956 anti-communist uprising; Garry Kasparov beats the computer Deep Thought at chess.

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250,000 East Germans march in Leipzig in the country's biggest ever demonstration.

2024th October 198920091024

Egon Krenz is officially installed as East Germany's new leader but protests continue; in America, Zsa Zsa Gabor and disgraced TV evangelist Jim Bakker both appear in court.

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Egon Krenz is officially installed as East Germany's new leader but protests continue.

2125th October 198920091025

The BBC's Panorama programme asks whether Britain is about to face a crack epidemic, and recently-freed South African activist Oscar Mpetha sends a wry thank you to Margaret Thatcher.

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The BBC's Panorama programme asks whether Britain is about to face a crack epidemic.

2226th October 198920091026

Nigel Lawson resigns after six years as Chancellor of the Exchequer, prompting a further drop in the pound; President Gorbachev promises unilateral disarmament in the Baltic; Nirvana record their first session for Radio 1.

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Nigel Lawson resigns after six years as Chancellor, prompting a further drop in the pound.

2327th October 198920091027

Margaret Thatcher's leadership style comes under fire after a quick Cabinet reshuffle; the IRA admits killing a British soldier and his six-month-old baby in West Germany; new East German premier Egon Krenz agrees to release reformist protestors.

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Margaret Thatcher's leadership style comes under fire after a quick Cabinet reshuffle.

2428th October 198920091028

A pro-democracy rally in Prague turns violent after police move in; a Northern Irish peace train is held overnight due to a bomb scare; Prince Charles calls on politicians and business leaders to tackle global warming.

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A pro-democracy rally in Prague turns violent after police move in.

2529th October 198920091029

Walter Sisulu addresses 70,000 people at the biggest ever ANC rally; East Berlin's Communist party chief tells socialists, 'we need to practise democracy'; the great British cup of tea comes under threat as prices rise by 10 per cent.

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Walter Sisulu addresses 70,000 people at the biggest ever ANC rally.

2630th October 198920091030

Riots in Moscow follow a demonstration outside the KGB headquarters; the Bishop of London warns the Church against an invasion of female priests; Margaret Thatcher's leadership style causes grumblings among the Tory grass roots.

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Riots in Moscow follow a demonstration outside the KGB headquarters.

2731st October 198920091031

Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson tells the House of Commons why he resigned; shadow energy secretary Tony Blair demands electricity privatisation plans be scrapped; a court investigates a fraud case involving the use of sonic binoculars to fix horse races.

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Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson tells the House of Commons why he resigned.

281st November 198920091101

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

President Bush agrees to meet Chairman Gorbachev on his boat in the Mediterranean for unofficial talks; President Ortega of Nicaragua breaks a 19-month ceasefire with US-backed Contra rebels; a coroner overseeing the inquest into the death of Beverly Lewis demands better community care for the mentally ill.

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President Bush agrees to meet Chairman Gorbachev on his boat in the Mediterranean.

292nd November 198920091102

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

In an unprecedented move, KGB officers take questions from the public on live TV; price rises on British Rail fill commuters with woe; the Met's first black police officer talks about the 'fun and games' in the early days.

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In an unprecedented move, KGB officers take questions from the public on live TV.

303rd November 198920091103

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Protests in East Germany force the resignation of the Mayor of Leipzig and five government hardliners; trouble for Gorbachev as Russian miners down tools; and a high speed link between London and the Channel Tunnel? 'Not in my back yard', say people in Swanley.

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Protests in East Germany force the resignation of the Mayor of Leipzig.

314th November 198920091104

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Margaret Thatcher is the least popular prime minister since polling began - she will stand down after the next election; SDLP leader John Hume throws down the gauntlet to the IRA; and, he may have a 'Vision of Britain', but Prince Charles is compared to Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.

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Margaret Thatcher is judged the least popular prime minister since polling began.

325th November 198920091105

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson makes things even more difficult for Margaret Thatcher by spilling the beans on TV; the Sony Walkman celebrates its 10th birthday but the Noise Abatement Society doesn't; the greatest romantic pianist of his generation, Vladimir Horowitz, dies.

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Former Chancellor Nigel Lawson makes things even more difficult for Margaret Thatcher

336th November 198920091106

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

A backlash against East German refugees begins in West Germany; supporters of women's ordination hold an overnight vigil outside Lambeth Palace; and it's nuns versus vicars on the rugby field!

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A backlash against East German refugees begins in West Germany.

347th November 198920091107

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

The communist authorities in the GDR are buckling under the pounding they are taking in the streets; 8,000 troops celebrate 72 years of the Bolshevik Revolution in Red Square but protestors carry banners saying '72 years on the road to nowhere'; the Church of England Synod votes to ordain women priests.

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The authorities in the GDR are buckling under the pounding they are taking in the streets.

358th November 198920091108

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

The Politburo resigns in East Germany - could the Berlin Wall fall next? The ambulance workers' dispute escalates as the government calls in the army to answer emergency calls; Santa Claus battles high street gloom with a mere 39 shopping days until Christmas.

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The Politburo resigns in East Germany - could the Berlin Wall fall next?

369th November 198920091109

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

East Berlin's party chief declares that all citizens can leave immediately - the first border crossings take place at 9.00pm. Reporter Graham Leach joins the first East Germans crossing through Checkpoint Charlie.

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East Berlin's party chief declares that all citizens can leave immediately.

3710th November 198920091110

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Hundreds of thousands of East Germans arrive in West Berlin amid scenes of shock and joy. East Germany will hold free, democratic and universal elections, but will it be enough to keep its citizens? Moscow and Washington join in welcoming the reforms.

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Hundreds of thousands of East Germans arrive in West Berlin amid scenes of shock and joy.

3811th November 198920091111

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Bulldozers tear down sections of the Berlin Wall to make more crossing points; 129 are injured in a riot between police and protestors in Moldavia and Moscow sends in the troops to enforce calm; reformist foreign secretary Petur Mladenov is sworn in as the new leader of Bulgaria.

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Bulldozers tear down sections of the Berlin Wall to make more crossing points.

3912th November 198920091112

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

The mayors of East and West Berlin shake hands at a new border crossing at Potsdamerplatz; El Salvador declares a curfew as fighting between troops and leftist rebels leaves 78 dead in the capital, San Salvador; pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to Moscow for the first time in 26 years to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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The mayors of East and West Berlin shake hands at a new border crossing at Potsdamerplatz.

4013th November 198920091113

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

The East German Politburo elects Hans Modrow as prime minister; he will oversee universal, democratic elections. President Mitterand calls an urgent EU summit to forge consent on the future of Europe. The leading Bulgarian opposition party, Ecoglasnost, is formally recognised.

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The East German Politburo elects Hans Modrow as prime minister.

4114th November 198920091114

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Czechoslovakia eases restrictions on foreign travel; an inquiry begins into the Guilford Four case to establish whether police did in fact falsify evidence; black nationalist party SWAPO wins Namibia's first democratic elections, after 20 years of rule by neighbouring South Africa.

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Czechoslovakia eases restrictions on foreign travel.

4215th November 198920091115

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news in 1989.

Chancellor John Major gives his first Autumn Statement - City analysts predict gloom for the 90s; Lech Walesa, leader of Poland's reformist Solidarity party, lobbies the US Senate for financial aid; Mikhail Gorbachev warns the West not to try exporting capitalism to the East.

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John Major gives his first Autumn Statement - City analysts predict gloom for the 90s.

4316th November 198920091116

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Foreign secretary Douglas Hurd crosses the Berlin Wall, the government publishes its proposals for the future of community care and South Africa's president announces that its beaches are to be opened to all races.

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South Africa's president announces that its beaches are to be opened to all races.

4417th November 198920091117

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

A Labour peer declares the chances of catching AIDS through heterosexual relations are statistically invisible and in Prague the police beat protesters as they call for reforms and the ousting of the Czech leadership.

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In Prague the police beat protesters as they call for the ousting of the Czech leadership.

4518th November 198920091118

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Bulgaria witnesses its biggest demonstrations in 40 years, European leaders meet to discuss the reshaping of Europe and, in Prague, rumours spread that the police have killed a Czech student.

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In Prague, rumours spread that the police have killed a Czech student.

4619th November 198920091119

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

London ambulance workers continue their strike, New Kids on the Block reach number one and the Czech demonstrations gather pace.

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London ambulance workers continue their strike; New Kids on the Block reach number one.

4720th November 198920091120

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

In Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu receives 67 standing ovations during a six-hour speech as he refuses to take note of the changes sweeping Eastern Europe; US secretary of defense Richard Cheney announces the scaling back of troop numbers in Eastern Europe.

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In Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu receives 67 standing ovations during a six-hour speech.

4821st November 198920091121

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

In El Salvador, as rebels continue to occupy the Sheraton Hotel, the manager tells the BBC that everything is under control; MPs relish their day in the limelight as TV cameras are permitted in the House of Commons.

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MPs relish their day in the limelight as TV cameras are permitted in the House of Commons.

4922nd November 198920091122

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Lebanon's President Muawad is killed, 17 days after being elected; in Prague the snow falls and rumours sweep through the tens of thousands who continue their protest for the sixth successive day in Wenceslas Square.

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In Prague, tens of thousands continue their protest for the sixth day in Wenceslas Square.

5023rd November 198920091123

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Demonstrations in Prague continue to gather pace and the Conservative Party faces a leadership challenge as Margaret Thatcher announces that she is happy to contest two more elections.

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The Conservative Party is facing a leadership challenge.

5124th November 198920091124

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

The Czech leadership are forced to resign and Alexander Dubcek makes his first pubic appearance in Prague for 21 years.

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The Czech leadership are forced to resign.

5225th November 198920091125

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

In Czechoslovakia, demonstrators keep up the pressure for free elections, while schoolchildren in Buckinghamshire organise a protest against Nestle for its promotion of dried milk in the Third World.

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In Czechoslovakia, demonstrators keep up the pressure for free elections.

5326th November 198920091126

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Czechoslovakia's prime minister has his first meeting with the country's leading dissident, Vaclav Havel; Lady Mosley, Sir Oswald's wife, talks to Sue Lawley on Desert Island Discs.

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Czechoslovakia's prime minister has his first meeting with leading dissident Vaclav Havel.

5427th November 198920091127

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Margaret Thatcher defends her record on the BBC's Panorama and Michael Buerk reports from Ethiopia, where millions are facing starvation.

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Margaret Thatcher defends her record on the BBC's Panorama.

5528th November 198920091128

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

The Czech PM Ladislav Adamec heralds a historic moment as he formally announces the end of the Communist Party's monopoly on power.

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Czech PM Ladislav Adamec formally announces the end of the communists' monopoly on power.

5629th November 1989 *20091129

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Margaret Thatcher and her challenger Sir Anthony Meyer submit their nomination papers as the fight begins for the leadership of the Conservative Party.

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Margaret Thatcher and Anthony Meyer submit their nominations for the Tory leadership.

5730th November 198920091130

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Record libel damages are awarded to Conservative peer Lord Aldington after being accused of war crimes.

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Record libel damages are awarded to the Conservative peer Lord Aldington.

581st December 198920091201

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the Vatican and there is fierce fighting in the Philippines as thousands of troops attempt to overthrow their president.

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Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the first Soviet leader to visit the Vatican.

592nd December 198920091202

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Bush and Gorbachev begin their summit in Malta as a poll shows that Margaret Thatcher is losing favour with the public ahead of a leadership challenge from Sir Anthony Meyer.

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Bush and Gorbachev begin their summit in Malta.

603rd December 198920091203

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev declare that the Cold War is over, as hundreds of thousands of people form a human chain to demand reforms in East Germany.

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George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev declare that the Cold War is over.

614th December 198920091204

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

For the first time, the Soviet government joins other Warsaw Pact countries in condemning its own invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, and thousands take to the streets in Prague demanding a new government.

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The Soviet government joins in condemnation of its own invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

625th December 198920091205

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Mrs Thatcher faces her first leadership challenge.

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636th December 198920091206

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

East Germany's leader Egon Krenz resigns.

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647th December 198920091207

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

The Czech prime minister Ladislav Adamec resigns.

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658th December 198920091208

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

East Germany elects a new leader amid fears that the country is descending into lawlessness.

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East Germany elects a new leader amid fears that the country is sliding into lawlessness.

669th December 198920091209

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Mikhail Gorbachev warns that the Communist Party faces the threat of extinction.

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6710th December 198920091210

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

The president of Czechoslovakia swears in the country's first non-communist majority government in 41 years.

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Czechoslovakia's first non-communist majority government in 41 years is sworn in.

6811th December 198920091211

The forced repatriation of the Vietnamese Boat People begins, despite protests and pleas from around the world.

6912th December 198920091212

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

US secretary of state James Baker meets East Germany's de facto leader Hans Modrow.

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7013th December 198920091213

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

President FW de Klerk meets with Nelson Mandela.

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7114th December 198920091214

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Chile elects a civilian president to replace Augusto Pinochet.

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7215th December 198920091215

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Soviet human rights campaigner Andrei Sakharov dies.

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7316th December 198920091216

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

East Germany discusses what do to after dismantling the Stasi.

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7417th December 198920091217

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Labour select Peter Mandelson to stand as an MP.

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7518th December 198920091218

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Troops have fired on protestors in Romania.

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7619th December 198920091219

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Serious unrest is reported in Romania, with hundreds massacred.

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7720th December 198920091220

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

US forces looking for General Noriega invade Panama.

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7821st December 198920091221

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu is booed in public.

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7922nd December 198920091222

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Romanian President Ceausescu is caught as he tries to escape.

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8023rd December 198920091223

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Intense fighting continues in Romania.

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8124th December 198920091224

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

General Noriega is surrounded as he seeks refuge in Panama.

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8225th December 198920091225

Sir John Tusa looks back at the events making the news 20 years ago.

Ceausescu and his wife are executed in Romania.

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8326th December 198920091226

Romania buries its dead.

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8427th December 198920091227

The world comes to Romania's aid.

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8528th December 198920091228

Jimi Hendrix is deployed against General Noriega.

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8629th December 198920091229

Playwright Vaclav Havel is elected president of Czechoslovakia.

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8730th December 198920091230

The lavish home of Romanian dictator Ceausescu is revealed to the world.

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8831st December 198920091231

A new Europe sees in a new year.

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891st January 199020100101

Gorbachev and Bush welcome a new decade.

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902nd January 199020100102

Reorganisation begins in Romania as fledgling political parties take shape.

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